Wednesday, April 28, 2010

time out of mind

Slam the car door, leave the house behind.

Leave the job full of injured limbs.
Double and triple check
the odometer gauge and the second hands.

Push a safe pace through the fog,
to breach the clear coastal sky,
to bona fide, heart-pounding evidence:
I breathe, I have arrived.

I’ll hike a new trail, void of ravens,
under heavens, immensely blue.
Time out, silent with herons:
my sanctified time with the truth.

The glorious green and the changing wind
brought anew, the smell of the sea.
But I’ll give them away, to you this time,
today, it’s too much for me.

For when angels ride the skies
to uplift and give you peace,
they’ll show you heaven on earth,
and pull you out of your shoes in pieces.

I’m falling down, just looking around.
I must be out of my mind.
Every step feels like I’m rushing in,
and I do fear what I’ll find.

I need a time-out, just for the day,
but it’s never out of my mind:
time’s too short for all I want,
and I don’t know what I’ll find.


  1. very nice...take your time out, the orld will keep spinning...

  2. I can see you, retreating to the sea...

  3. Thanks for taking us so vividly along your hike

    much love

  4. LOVELY! I can soooo relate to this.

    Have a wonderful weekend, Dianne! Hope you get your time-out.


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